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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam
The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.
Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!
Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.
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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "keep this confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "very confidential" (scammers urge victims to keep the transaction secret because they don't want anyone to point out to them that it is a scam)
- "central bank of nigeria" (the name of a person or institution often appearing in 419 scams)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
- This email lists mobile phone numbers. Use of such numbers is typical for scams because they allow criminals to conceal their true location. They can receive calls in an Internet cafe from where they send you emails, while pretending to be in some office.
Fraud email example:
From: REV DR PEPER OLU FOREIGN OPERATIONS CBN <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat, 8 Sep 2012 04:33:01 -0700
Subject: PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL MEMO.
* PRIVATE AND
CONFIDENTIAL MEMO.................PRIVATE AND CONFIDENTIAL MEMO.*
I am *Rev.Dr.Peter Olu, Director Budget and Appropriation on
Inheritance/Contract matters,Central Bank of Nigeria. I decided to contact
you because of the prevailing security report reaching my office and the
intense nature* scrambel to claim your funds by certain People both here in
the CBN,Security report reaching me reveals that some top officials within
the Nation Civil Service and Government Officials ploy to resend initial
agreement / documentation you have with them to my office in other to CLAIM
THIS FUNDS AFRESH by discarding you the bonafide beneficiary, From what I
learn they indicated they contacted you to transfer the funds on an agreed
sharing ratio and you have send funds repeatedly to Nigeria to secure this
payment all to no avail because they are *FRUSTRATING YOUR EFFORT TO CLAIM
THIS FUNDS and as such RESERVE SAME TO THEMSELVES which you are not in
know,am A Reverend Father in the Catholic Church and as such RICHNESS AND
CHEATING* is not my callin
The worse still, they have involved an American firm, which they feel more
comfortable dealing with in other to cut you off.as it is I don't know
exactly what to believe but i know that they are impsotors as the funds
those not belong to them and i simply want to help you get this funds as
your name is what appears on my file here as the rightful beneficiary of
this funds and to make sure you get paid as they will be requesting you to
send more and more money in other to use it to finance this change and make
you believe they are working for your interest. We are tired of this kind
of cases and as such I want to help you by making sure you and only you get
paid and it is left for you to compensate them if you want. I am telling
you this for your own interest so that you don't get deceived. They
confirmed you spent some money too but you really
pissed them off and they don't want to work with you any more. I am sure
this will surprise you. I felt concerned that is why I went this far in
contacting you and I hope, you will understand and keep this confidential.
What I simply want you to do is to first be strong about this by pretending
you don't know what is going on and what they are planing, I assure you
with me you will get paid within days once you get back to me by calling me
on *my direct phone number 234-7033206328. To* show you how important this
is I had to type this letter to you personally so that no one reads it even
my Personal Secretary,as soon as i hear from you i will help you get this
funds transferred into your personal account by bank wire transfer of
through ATM Master Card,iam compelled to do this because of my Christian
believe and as a Reverend Father in the Catholic faith
I am ready to help you and without me they will simply use you because your
file has being confiscated by them due to this development hence they want
to claim your funds for themsels,i will help you release this pending
approved *sum of US$5Million* without any string attached once you have
completed the little process which will cost you less or nothing hence that
is the only thing witholding this payment to you because of teh efforts of
those evil minded once that wants to claim your funds. I want to hear your
side of the story before I move on as I have basic things you need to get
this fund ASAP on every confidential level. Feel free to call me on *Tel:
+234-7033206328* any time for us to talk as you will smile for once after
years of agony as i have already helped two other beneficiaries last week.
I have been approached by this firm to schedule a meeting with the Budget
and Appropriation Unit of the Central Bank of Nigeria as a matter of
National Security since am the onl person who can approve such a change and
effect payment but i declined hence i know that they are impostors,Help us
fight Corruption in Nigeria and uplift our dented image internationally*,KEEP
THIS TO YOURSELF UNTIL YOU CONFIRM THIS PAYMENT,my Word is an AUTHORITY* in
this case.until waiting for your phone call anytime.
Director Budget and Finance on Foreign Payment
Central Bank of Nigeria,CBN.*